Stir frying is a Chinese cooking technique, with roots to the Han dynasty of 200 B.C., requiring very hot oil and is a platform recipe for all kinds of flavors and styles.
Stir fry meals have become known for being heavy and high in calories. Most sauces are thick and add weight to the recipe. Any time you add beef to a meal, it is going to be heavy on the stomach. Noodles and rice are added, which add carbohydrates and calories.
But Stir frying food is by default healthy. Often, the oils needed to handle the high heat also are healthy. It is also all about what you put into it. Creating the right combination of vegetables, meats, and flavors is key.
This recipe takes the idea of stir fry and makes it perfect for summer. It is a sweet recipe, mixing crunch apples and cabbage with apple cider vinegar to give it a tangy after taste.
Chicken, Cabbage, and Apple Stir Fry
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- Medium wok
- Medium chef’s knife (compare knives)
- Cutting board
- 3 tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 1/2 lbs cabbage (half a medium sized head)
- 1 large apple
- 1/4 sweet onion
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 15 ml apple cider vinegar
- 8 ounces almonds
- 2 chicken breasts
- Chop cabbage, thyme, and almonds. Slice apple and onion. Dry the cabbage on a paper towel.
- Grill chicken either in your wok or in a skillet. Do not over cook; we will be adding the chicken back into the stir fry later.
- Take the chicken off and let it cool. Add 1/3 of the coconut butter to your wok and let it get to medium heat. When the wok is hot, add the apple.
- When the apple is soft, remove from wok and set aside.
- Add another 1/3 of the coconut oil and bring to medium heat. Caramelize the onions in the coconut oil.
- Add the rest of the coconut oil, and the cabbage. Stir and let it cook for 3 minutes.
- Dice the chicken into bite sized pieces.
- Add the apple, chicken, thyme, almonds, and cider vinegar. Turn heat down to low; cover with a pot lid; let steam for 2 minutes.
- Server over your favorite side. Any noodle or rice works well, depending on what you diet.
After you plate all of your food, immediately rinse your wok and skillet if needed. You will want to wash your wok as soon as possible as the residue from the stir fry will become harder to clean the longer it sits.